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Neurolinguistics: Language & the Brain - LAN00083M

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Eytan Zweig
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

  • The module aims to provide an overview of the current state of knowledge regarding the neural bases of language, focusing on areas involved in language comprehension.
  • The module further aims to help the students understand the relationship between neurolinguistics and linguistic theory

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand key aspects of neurocognition, including a working background knowledge of brain anatomy and neuroimaging methods

  • Have an up-to-date understanding of differing theoretical and empirical perspectives on neural bases of language and language processing

  • Know how neurolinguistics both informs and is informed by linguistic theory

  • Be able to independently engage with neurolinguistic research literature, and engage critically with it.

Module content

The module will cover the following topics:

  • A brief summary of brain anatomy and function

  • An introduction to the methodologies used in studying the brain, including aphasiology and technologies such as fMRI, EEG, and MEG.

  • An overview of the neurolinguistic understanding of various linguistic topics, including speech perception, reading, the lexicon, morphology, syntax and semantics.

  • An in-depth look at one or two narrow areas of research, to allow the students to get a sense of what the neurolinguistic literature looks like. The specific topics will vary each year.


Task Length % of module mark
Essay (4000 words)
N/A 65
Open Exam (6-day week)
Neurolinguistics: Language & the Brain
N/A 35

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Essay (4000 words)
N/A 65
Open Exam (6-day week)
Neurolinguistics: Language & the Brain
N/A 35

Module feedback

Written and oral feedback for formative work within 1-2 weeks

Written feedback for summative work within 25 days

Indicative reading


The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.